DP13191 Life below zero: Bank lending under negative policy rates
|Author(s):||Florian Heider, Farzad Saidi, Glenn Schepens|
|Publication Date:||September 2018|
|Keyword(s):||bank balance-sheet channel, bank risk-taking channel, deposits, Negative Interest Rates, zero lower bound|
|JEL(s):||E44, E52, E58, G20, G21|
|Programme Areas:||Financial Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=13191|
We show that negative policy rates affect the supply of bank credit in a novel way. Banks are reluctant to pass on negative rates to depositors, which increases the funding cost of high-deposit banks, and reduces their net worth, relative to low-deposit banks. As a consequence, the introduction of negative policy rates by the European Central Bank in mid-2014 leads to more risk taking and less lending by euro-area banks with greater reliance on deposit funding. Our results suggest that negative rates are less accommodative, and could pose a risk to financial stability, if lending is done by high-deposit banks.